Teledentistry Could Boost Access to California’s Poor Kids But Is Little Used

At a Head Start center in San Mateo County, preschoolers are receiving their first-ever dental exam, but there’s not a dentist in sight.

Instead, dental hygienists give each child a teeth cleaning, X-rays, and take pictures of their teeth. These images are transmitted via a Cloud-based server to Dr. Yogita Thakur, who reviews them from her office at Ravenswood Family Dentistry in East Palo Alto, 6 miles away.

“This is how we reach children in areas where dental care is usually limited,” Thakur said. Read more.